Door and window sensors also called “entry sensors,” let you know when someone tries to get into your home. Along with the alarm panel and the motion opening sensor, they are essential parts of your home security system.
After putting a battery in the sensor, test it.
Before installing the sensor, it’s a good idea to turn it on and test it. Once they are in place, entry sensors are much harder to take off, which means less work in the long run.
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Look for a good place
Intruders can only be found if you can track when doors and windows are opened. Let’s look at how entry sensors work to understand how vital sensor placement is.If you want to use a magnetic sensor on a metal surface, you might have to change how the sensor is set up.
Put the door alarm on the metal door’s frame and the magnet on the door. If the magnet sticks well to the door, you won’t need any other hardware to mount it. But you might want to leave it there in case the door slams.
Start by testing your sensor on a metal door frame or window frame. You can hold it in place while pushing with your hands or a small piece of tape.
If the sensor works as it should install it as usual. Try these steps if that doesn’t work:
If the sensor can be jerry-rigged, talk to the manufacturer about it. Accept that you have no control over the situation. Before moving on to the next step, take a break and have some ice cream.
Check to see if your system can fit a plunger sensor, a hinge sensor, or a vibration sensor in case a quick fix doesn’t work.
Cabinets and safes
Another way to use the sensor is to put it on a cabinet or safe and watch to see if someone gets into something they shouldn’t. For example, it could be a medicine cabinet in the bathroom, a closet full of dangerous materials, or a safe with valuable items.Even if you don’t have kids, this way of using entry sensors is a good choice for people who do.
It’s time to put everything together after you’ve got a functional sensor and a good spot in mind. Adhesive tape is commonly used to attach contact sensors, but screws are also available.
Clean the places where the two parts of the sensor will be put together so the glue will stick better.
Put the primary sensor down first and hold it there for at least 30 seconds for a strong bond.
Put the magnet on the other surface to turn on the sensor. There must be enough space for the door to open and close without blocking the sensor.
Open and close the door or window using the sensor to ensure it is working. You can track your burglar alarm’s status with a mobile app, a small LED light, or the control panel.
Each sensor you want to install should be set up similarly.
Make sure you know how the alarm system works and give each sensor a specific job to do after you’ve set them up. When you set your system to “home” or “away,” sensors should make an alarm sound.
You don’t have to set off the alarm with cabinet sensors if you don’t want to. You don’t have to call a monitoring center—you can get a message on your phone.